Arriving in Krakow
Once you have reached Krakow a bus will transfer you to the hotel of your choice and after you have settled in a local guide will meet you in the hotel lobby. To kick off you will go on a three-hour-long walking trip that will take you through the most iconic landmarks of Krakow’s Old Town, including the Main Market Square, spectacular Cloth Hall, Barbican and Planty Park surrounding the entire Old Town.
ITS Poland, Polish DMC, recommends enhancing the experience by paying a visit to St. Mary’s Basilica and the Tower Hall, both located within the Main Market Square. After a quick lunch you may direct yourself towards the Wawel Hill with Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral overlooking the Vistula River.
You will be free to roam around the castle grounds and perhaps visit the Cathedral, which is a resting place for some of the Polish kings and other historically significant Poles. The visit to the castle, however, is best left for some other day.
Wieliczka and Kazimierz Fieldtrip
The following morning a bus will come pick you up for a short ride to Wieliczka salt mine. This Unesco World Cultural and Natural Heritage site is undoubtedly one of the greatest tourist attractions is Poland and whenever you are in Krakow this is an obvious must-see location. With nine levels the Wieliczka Salt mine goes as deep as 327 metres and offers a few various routes, including a tourist route, mining route and pilgrim route. Kraków Highlights a free guide to your next holidays in Poland
Be sure to take at least a jumper with you, as the underground temperatures drop to around 17 degrees Celsius and during summer months you might catch a cold if you are not properly dressed. Once you have resurfaced you will be taken back to Krakow and more specifically to the equally important as the Old Town the historic district of Kazimierz.
This part of town in forever linked to the Jewish culture and the historic presence of this cultural group is evident to this day, especially due to the revival of the Jewish culture after the end of communist regime in Poland. A guided tour will take you to such historic landmarks as the Old Synagogue, the Remuh Synagogue or Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Stanislaus the Bishop and Martyr Basilica to name a few. The tour will let you feel the Jewish tradition, cuisine and heritage right at your fingertips.
For your final day and just before popping to the airport you will go back to the Wawel Hill for a three-hour long guided tour of the Wawel Castle. The Castle is included in the Unesco World Heritage list and is a postcard icon of the city. It now houses a museum with six permanent exhibitions filled with paintings, prints, sculptures, fabrics, goldsmiths, militaria, porcelain and furniture.
The Royal chambers exhibit the famous tapestries of the Polish king Zygmut August, as well as breath-taking Italian renaissance painting from the Lanckronski collection. There are other seasonal exhibitions as well. Kraków Highlights a free guide to your next holidays in Poland
A Helping Hand
The itinerary described above is just a sample of Kraków’s highlights but naturally there is always room for more and you might be after a different kind of experience. That is why we wholeheartedly recommend reaching out to ITS Poland – a Polish DMC who will assist you in creating a tailor-made programme that is right just for you. We do sincerely hope this will inspire you and help you make the best of your future holidays in Poland.
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